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Fox News Host Tosses Softball Questions To FRC's Tony Perkins

August 08, 2011 6:02 pm ET by Carlos Maza

If you’re looking to see the president of an anti-gay hate group be treated like an old friend by a major news network, look no further than Fox News.

During Saturday’s edition of Fox’s America’s News HQ, host Molly Henneberg invited Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), to discuss Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s weekend prayer event, “The Response”:

It’s hard to even call this kind one-sided segment “journalism.” Henneberg gave Perkins more than four minutes to defend Perry’s rally without seriously pressing him on any of his answers. Here’s one of Henneberg’s “fair and balanced” questions:

HENNEBERG: Tony, with all that’s going on in the world right now and with America’s economic situation in the forefront of our minds, some might think a prayer vigil is not such a bad idea. What do you say?

Henneberg even found time to pitch FRC’s Iowa “Values Bus” tour at the end of the segment.

What didn’t Henneberg have time to do? She didn't mention that the Family Research Council has been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting baseless smears and misinformation about the LGBT community.

She also didn’t have time to mention that Perry’s prayer event -- which Perkins co-chaired -- was paid for largely by the American Family Association (AFA), another anti-gay hate group.

Given both FRC’s and AFA’s long history of anti-gay extremism, one might expect at least one question about the prayer event’s backers.

Considering Fox’s history of mainstreaming hate groups, though, it makes sense that Henneberg let Perkins walk away without a scratch.

Previously:

Irony? MSNBC Invites Tony Perkins To Comment On AFA’s Anti-Gay Extremism

Fox News Underreports Certification Of DADT Repeal

Fox News Underreports Beginning Of New York Gay Weddings